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Clinical research in primary dental care

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Heasman, Dr Matthew Breckons


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Many commissioning bodies for research expect that researchers will actively involve the public and patients in their projects. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), for example, involves members of the public in reviewing funding applications and making recommendations about research funding. The NIHR's portfolio is currently operating in 97% of NHS Trusts and this now includes research sited in primary dental care. This paper presents some case studies of these and other projects which are designed specifically for patient benefit in dental services in the community. This means there is no necessity to translate the outcomes of such research from a university or hospital base to the general population as the projects are undertaken in dental practices that provide primary dental care to ( predominantly) NHS patients. The relevance of the outcomes to dental care is, therefore, likely to be of direct interest and importance to commissioners of healthcare funding in the UK who have a duty to use evidence bases for commissioning decisions.

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Author(s): Heasman PA, Macpherson LE, Haining SA, Breckons M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 219

Issue: 4

Pages: 159-163

Print publication date: 01/08/2015

Online publication date: 28/08/2015

Acceptance date: 07/07/2015

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.645


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